Underneath the oft-blinding lights of progress and the glare of globalisation that is Vietnam today, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that ‘out there’, beyond the duplex towers, beer clubs and mini-marts, there are still some pretty hardcore problems in this country. One such issue is human trafficking.
Linda Mai Phung is so all over Saigon that you’d be forgiven for overestimating their reach. But even after killing it for five years on the local market, they still aren’t as established on the European scene as they’d like to be.
I’m sat in The Cube Bar with Guy Balza and Jan Segers, both members of BeluxCham, the Belgium and Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce. Although it’s left unsaid, they’ve chosen the venue because it stocks three well-known Belgian beers — Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Leffe. In the same way that the English will talk for hours about football, or the French will verbalise non-stop about wine, so Guy and Jan are talking about beer. Belgian beer.
The creatives behind Quest have put on some of Vietnam’s most unforgettable festivals. Now, in their fourth edition, they’re asking us to trust them. Photos by Thuy-Tien Nguyen (for andofotherthings.com)